NHS: Drugs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 2nd March 2020.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Public Health and Primary Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish guidance for (a) medical professionals and (b) the public on access to medicines at the end of the transition period.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The United Kingdom has now left the European Union and entered a transition period, which will run until 31 December 2020. EU regulations on medicines, vaccines and medical devices will continue to apply to the UK throughout the transition period, during which we will negotiate a new trade agreement with the EU.

Both the EU and the UK are committed to agreeing a future partnership by the end of 2020 and are working to achieve this. It is in the interests of both the UK and the EU to agree a future partnership that keeps goods flowing, services provided, and business carried out as usual.

The Department, NHS England and NHS Improvement will continue to keep medical professionals and the public updated with relevant communications on medicines as the need arises.

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